Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.

As an AFM member, you are part of a membership of more than 80,000 musicians. Experience has proven that collective activity on behalf of individuals with similar interests is the most effective way to achieve a goal. The AFM can negotiate agreements and administer contracts, procure valuable benefits and achieve legislative goals. A single musician has no such power.

The AFM has a proud history of managing change rather than being victimized by it. We find strength in adversity, and when the going gets tough, we get creative - all on your behalf.

Like the industry, the AFM is also changing and evolving, and its policies and programs will move in new directions dictated by its members. As a member, you will determine these directions through your interest and involvement. Your membership card will be your key to participation in governing your union, keeping it responsive to your needs and enabling it to serve you better. To become a member now, visit



Joni Mitchell Honored by The Music Center

In celebration of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday, two concerts presented by The Music Center will take place November 6 and November 7 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

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NYC Uber and Lyft Regulations Are a Union Victory

Regulations have been placed on ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to cap the number of these types of vehicles in NYC.

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Music Reduces Pain in Newborns

A study at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of University Hospital, Brescia, Italy, showed that music reduces pain even in newborns.

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Monsanto Found Guilty of Concealing Glyphosate Risks

The jury in Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto found the company guilty of concealing the dangers of glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide.

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Yamaha Genos Digital Workstation

Genos is Yamaha’s most advanced digital workstation keyboard to date. It features a sleek, modern design, breathtaking sounds, 550 accompaniment styles, and robust recording.

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Metro Must Pay Wage Increases to Workers

The Metro transit system in the nation’s capitol must provide $82 million to fund 1.6% annual wage increases to thousands of workers by summer 2020 following the decision of an arbitration board.

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McFarland Strikes Again

Billy McFarland, the man behind the disastrous Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a fraudulent ticket-selling scam that he led while out on bail from wire fraud charges.

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Iraqi Musicians Carry On Despite Lack of Pay

Musicians of Iraq’s National Symphony Orchestra continue to rehearse and perform despite no pay for the past eight months.

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A Lonestar State of Mind: The Literary Rise of Radney Foster

When he’s touring the US this fall, singer-songwriter Radney Foster of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) will add book signings to his schedule. Last year, he released a collection of short stories, For You to See the Stars, complete with a companion CD.

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Taylor Swift Donates Tickets to Mourning Police

After learning about the July 15 murder of Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna, Taylor Swift of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), donated tickets for her July show in nearby Foxborough, Massachusetts, to the Weymouth city police department.

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